About Us

Board of Trustees

  • Tania Shaikh- Chair
  • Jessica Wienand
  • Rosie Wakeling
  • Alisson Pickering


  • Pauke Arrindell- Scheme Coordinator
  • Ratna Begum- Playgroup Coordinator
  • Erik Pattison- Bookkeeper ( Volunteer)
  • Amy Davidge- Playgroup Coordinator and Events (Volunteer)
  • Kamrun Nahar- Administrator (Volunteer)

About Home-Start Tower Hamlets

Home-Start Tower Hamlets is part of Home-Start UK, the leading family support charity. Our volunteers give regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. The Tower Hamlets scheme was set up in December 2012.

What we do

We support local families, with at least one child under the age of five, who are facing a variety of difficulties including loneliness and isolation, ill health, post-natal depression, disabilities, bereavement, relationship difficulties, lone-parenting and coping with several pre-school children. We do this through our dedicated home-visiting volunteers.

Our co-ordinators are responsible for the day-to-day recruitment, training and support of the volunteers as well as liaising with referrers. Our Scheme is supported by a Board of Trustees, who oversee our activities, providing strategic,funding and governance advice.

Our Volunteers

Home-Start volunteers, who have parenting experience themselves, understand these stresses and are ready to offer help and friendly flexible support. They are selected for their friendliness, practical approach and understanding. References and an Enhanced DBS check are required and all volunteers attend the Preparation Course before being matched with a family. The volunteer visits the family at home for a few hours per week on an ongoing basis. The support varies according to the needs of each individual family but volunteers are there to listen, offer friendship and practical help.

Equal Opportunities

Home-Start Tower Hamlets is an Equal Opportunities organisation and is positively committed to oppose all direct and indirect discrimination in the organisation against people on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and family status.

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